This is Eden

By Emily Goddard

The making of This is Eden involved extensive research and is inspired by real life incidents that occurred at the Cascades Female Factory, drawn from records and documents of the time. For more information on Cascades Female Factory, female convicts and the history of Tasmania we recommend the following articles, websites and texts:

And the Mortality Frightful’: Infant and Child Mortality in the Convict Nurseries of Van Diemen’s Land 

Female Factory Historic Site: 

Female Convicts Research Centre: 

Joy Damousi, Depraved and Disorderly: Female Convicts, Sexuality and Gender in Colonial Australia, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1997.

Babette Smith, Australia’s Birthstain: The Startling Legacy of the Convict Era, Allen & Unwin, NSW, 2009.

Female Factory Research Group, Convict Lives: Women at Cascades Female Factory, Research Tasmania, Tasmania, 2009

Female Convicts Research Centre Ed. Lucy Frost and Alice Meredith Hodgson, Convict Lives, The Launceston Female Factory, Convict Women’s Press, Tasmania, 2013

James Boyce, Van Diemen’s Land, Black Inc., Victoria, 2014

Kay Daniels, The Flash Mob: Rebellion, Rough Culture and Sexuality in the Female Factories of Van Diemen’s Land’. Australian Feminist Studies, vol 18, 1993 pp 133-150 Kay Daniels, Convict Women, Allen & Unwin, NSW, 1998

Deborah J. Swiss, The Tin Ticket, The Heroic Journey of Australia’s Convict Women, Berkley Books, New York, 2010

Babette Smith, A Cargo of Women, Susannah Watson and the Convicts of the Princess Royal, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2008 (Second Edition)

Elspeth Hardie, The Girl who Stole Stockings, The true story of Susannah Noon and the Women of the convict ship Friends, Australian Teachers of Media, Inc., Victoria, 2014 

Original source material (including reports, manuscripts, letters, sermons and convict records) were accessed through the Archives Office of Tasmania, National Library of Australia – Trove and the State Library of Victoria.